By Miriam Raftery
June 5, 2012 (San Diego)--With 98.4% of precincts counted, the clear winners in the 79th Assembly District race are Democrat Shirley Weber (30.00%) and Republican Mary England (29.67%).
If elected in the November run-off, Weber would become San Diego county's first African-American woman to serve in the Legislature. England, however, hopes to score an upset win to take back the ethnically diverse district from Democrats in November.
By Miriam Raftery
June 6, 2012 (San Diego) – He’s a winner, yet perhaps the biggest loser in San Diego’s June primary election. Republican Congressman Brian Bilbray captured just 41.30% of the vote—first place, enough to secure his spot in the fall run-off, but not exactly a decisive victory for an incumbent legislator. Worse from Bilbray’s point of view, his two strongest competitors—both Democrats—combined to take over 45% of the vote.
June 5, 2012- For cash strapped school districts in rural East County, tonight's final results will mean deeper cuts for local schools. Two bond measures have gone down in defeat, one by the slimmest of margins.
By Nadin Abbott
Photographs Nadin Abbott and Tom Abbott
June 6th, 2012 (San Diego)--Last night as election results came in, Mayoral contender Nathan Fletcher was still telling his supporters that they were going to hold on for a few more hours for results. He said that “one year ago nobody gave us a chance.” He also told his supporters that “given the results and projections things were headed in the right direction.”
By this morning, however, with 100% of precincts counted and only some absentee and provisional ballots remaining, his showing proved not enough to overcome partisans on both sides.
Health officials in Mexico order recall based on potentially harmful pharmaceutical ingredients
June 6, 2012 (San Diego) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that Reumofan Plus, marketed as a “natural” dietary supplement for pain relief and other serious conditions, contains several active pharmaceutical ingredients not listed on the label that could be harmful.
June 6, 2012 (San Diego) — Realizing a need to have individualized enrichment programs for students, a San Diego attorney seeks to develop an education center to serve the entire family. Breana Ha, who came to the United States as a young child in 1979 as one of the boat people, said while there are several organizations serving the Vietnamese community in San Diego, there is, however, not one that provides educational services for the entire family. That idea gave birth to the Vietnamese American Center: Education, Recreation and Culture (VACERC).
By Scott Alevy, President & CEO, San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce
June 6, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--One of the most important services the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce offers to our members (and the entire business community) is our advocacy on local, state and federal legislative issues. We are proud to serve as the voice of the business community in East County, and take that responsibility seriously.
June 6, 2012 (San Diego) -- If you use a gasoline fueled mower, remember that gasoline gives off flammable vapors which can cause a searing fire or a violent explosion - - it takes only a small spark or flame to bring about such a disaster.
June 6, 2012 (Poway) -- The Poway Chamber of Commerce announces the 2nd Annual San Diego Inland Business Expo will be held in the Poway Business Park on June 14, 2012. The Expo will showcase a variety of businesses, giving attendees an opportunity to find business services and products appropriate for their needs. The event will be held at Chrome Collision, a 30,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art facility located at 13175 Gregg St. Poway, CA 92064, from 3pm-7pm on Thursday, June 14th.
June 6, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- The public is invited to attend Summer Healthcare Saturday, the largest annual free health fair in San Diego’s East County region. The health fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, near the movie theaters at the Grossmont Center mall in La Mesa.
Book Review by Dennis Moore
Do not start reading this book until you have the time to finish it. Ripped from the headlines, this novel of unrelenting suspense will keep you up all night and have you talking about it for weeks to follow.
June 5, 2012 (San Diego)--That is the caveat given by the publishers of this book written by J. Thomas Shaw, who co-founded one of the fastest growing independent mortgage banks in the United States. In most instances this type of hype does not live up to its billing. The Rx Factor is that rare exception! If I didn’t know better, I would think that The Rx Factor was a Robert Ludlum or John Grisham spy novel, reading like Ludlum’s The Matarese Circle. This book has everything that captivates one’s attention – conspiracy theory, sex, murder and betrayal, along with an intense love interest.
Article by Kristin Kjaero
Video by Kristin Kjaero and Miriam Raftery
June 3, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Flag Day Parade reminds us that Centennials are a time to reflect.
June 7, 2012 -- (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:
- Bill protects businesses from disability act suits (Sacramento Bee)
- Counties miss deadline to send ballots to overseas, military voters (California Watch)
- More water to be shipped to California; good news for avocado growers (North County Times)
- Fire Chief saves colleague’s life (NBC)
- AT&T opposes SDG&E wildfire recovery request (North County Times)
- Civic leader Jim Wieboldt drops out of race for La Mesa City Council (La Mesa Patch)
- Grossmont and Alvarado hospitals get B and C grades for safety (La Mesa Patch)
- Bullets fired in field hit close to residents, Hanson Elementary (Ramona Patch)
- Man Who Tried To Kill Wife Sentenced To Life In Prison (10 News)
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.
June 5, 2012 (San Diego)
With 20.8% of precincts counted, Dem. Ron Vargas has a stong 47.51% lead. Rep. Michael Crimmins is in second follows by Dem Dennise Ducheny with 13.91%.
June 5, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter has dodged a series of debates with his four opponents vying for the 50th Congressional District seat—with one exception. He showed up at a conservative Tea Party candidate forum in Ramona on May 19. Now Democrat David Secor has released a full video of Hunter’s remarks, along with a barbed critique.
“He clearly does not know history or economics,” said Secor, who cited several examples. “He also said quite clearly that he was not interested in the views of his constituents in the district, that he voted “his conscience,” and that if voters didn’t like it they should vote him out of office. That was the only part of his diatribe that I completely agreed with.”
View the video, at this link, and scroll down to see Secor’s commentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg9cKKN5XnU
By Nadin Abbott
Photographs Nadin Abbott and Tom Abbott
June 5, 2012 (San Diego)-- At an early morning visit with voters and staff at Bayview Baptist Church, Congressman Bob Filner (D-50), who is running for Mayor of San Diego, and Dr. Shirley Weber, candidate for State Assembly, brought smiles as they met with children--future voters.
Filner and Weber share a common bond, since both have formerly served as President of the San Diego Unified School District Board and have voiced strong support for public education.
June 5, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Scroll down to view a list of
this week's obituaries here, or visit www.EastCountyObits.com to read the full obituaries.
Recognized for Biliteracy by San Diego County Office of Education
June 5, 2012 (Lakeside, CA) – Lakeside resident and Riverview Elementary School Principal Olympia Kyriakidis was recognized by the San Diego County Office of Education as an outstanding individual in promoting biliteracy, and was presented with a Certificate of Award at the 14th Annual Leadership in Biliteracy Symposium. This event acknowledges district individuals who have made significant contributions in promoting biliteracy for students, promotes biliteracy as an educational asset and celebrates the achievements of the community.
(left to right)
Lakeside Union School District Superintendent Dr. Brian Bristol, Certificate of Award recipients Dr. Lily Cheng of the Confucius Institute at SDSU and Riverview Elementary School Principal Olympia Kyriakidis and Lakeside Union School District Board Members Gelia Cook and Twila Godley.
By Brian Lafferty
June 5, 2012 (San Diego) – The Adventures of Tintin is Steven Spielberg at his purest…and fluffiest. It’s a throwback to the early half of his career, when his forte was adventure tales filmed with the verve of a young boy with quite an imagination, particularly the first three Indiana Jones films. This also extends to films like The Goonies that Spielberg didn’t direct, but his involvement was so pronounced they might has well have.
Tips and tricks for business success
By Rama Beerfas
June 5, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – I've been working with several start-ups recently who are looking to put together a marketing plan. Their goals are lofty, but they have the willingness to work to achieve those goals. The problem is that they are not yet ready for the type of strategic marketing plan that will actively attract prospects.
June 5, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Throughout the month of June, approximately 5,216 senior students from 9 comprehensive high schools, 2 charter high schools and 3 alternative high schools in the Grossmont Union High School District will be donning caps and gowns for commencement exercises.
The following listings include the dates of the ceremonies, and information about the individual schools:
June 5, 2012 (San Diego) -- From the book, American Trivia: What We All Should Know About U.S. History, Culture & Geography (Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2012), San Diegans Richard Lederer and Caroline McCullagh present several interesting facts about how our national symbols came to be.
By Brian Lafferty
June 5, 2012 (San Diego) – There is a scene in Rage in Heaven in which Philip (Robert Montgomery) lures Ward (George Sanders) up to a scaffold at a steel mill where a worker fell and instantly perished in a pile of molten steel. According to the workers, the scaffold’s oblique positioning is such that it’s impossible for anyone to see anything. As Philip convinces Ward to lean over and look down, he’s ready to push the man to his death.
CAL-FIRE offers tips for safe brush-clearing
June 4, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – CAL FIRE has sent a warning advising homeowners to use caution when clearing dead brush and grass. While creating defensible space is a critical step to prepare for wildfire season, as fire danger rises, unsafe use of power equipment can actually start a fire.
In fact, CAL FIRE’S Mike Mohler told ECM, the Banner Fire that charred 5,321 acres near Julian last week was caused by brush-clearing equipment.
June 5, 2012 (San Diego) – For many, the array of issues and candidates on today's ballot can be confusing. This is the first election to implement California’s new top-two primary system. Instead of seeing all candidates in your own party, your ballot will include candidates from all parties running for each race, except president.
For those seeking more information, scroll down to find links to the major political parties’ voter guides, as well as links to nonpartisan voter information sites with addition details.
You can also find ECM articles on many of the candidates, races and issues in the Politics section at www.EastCountyMagazine.org or by using the search bar on our website.
Still have an absentee ballot? You can drop it off at any polling place.
By Miriam Raftery
June 5, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- In the final days and hours before the election, East County candidates have been pounding the pavement and blitzing cyberspace in the push to get their messages out. So have backers and opponents of ballot propositions.
At Viejas, the tribal council donated space for phone bank volunteers to make calls in support of Prop H, an Alpine school bond measure.
79th Assembly candidate Mary England, a Republican, spent this morning waving at morning commuters with an entourage of sign-toting supporters.
June 4, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- As springtime calls people and snakes alike to the outdoors, encounters with snakes become inevitable. California has a variety of snakes, most of which are benign. The exception is California’s only native venomous snake - the rattlesnake.
June 4, 2012 (Washington D.C.) – Presidential candidate Mitt Romney voted to slash veterans benefits while Governor of Massachusetts and has proposed changes at the federal level that could be harmful to veterans. That’s the message sent to media this week by the Truman Project, a national security leadership organization based in Washington D.C.
June 4, 2012 (Sacramento) -- Assemblyman Brian Jones, R-Santee, today announced that Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, R-Tulare, appointed him as Assistant Republican Leader on the Assembly Republican Leadership Team.
"I am eager to continue working with Republican Leader Conway to get Californians back to work. The most important issues facing our state are jobs and the economy - we have to remove the regulatory and tax burdens from California's middle class and release our creative energy and entrepreneurial spirit. California can be the Golden State again."
June 4, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for mountain and desert areas in San Diego and Riverside Counties beginning this afternoon and extended to late Tuseday night. A low pressure trough is moving inland, bringing southwest to westerly 20-30 mph winds with gusts up to 50 mph locally.